The Shepherd's Hand Community Outreach Center 



We are calling upon the amazing supporters God has provided in the past, to help us during a time of unforeseen need! Our facility has experienced an exterior sewer pipe break caused by a century of freezing and thawing that finally gave way. This has led to a temporary shut down of our facility, and while we have continued to operate our programs within the church space, it is imperative for the continued growth and impact of our work that we are able to repair this issue and reopen The Shepherd's Hand. The repairs are going to cost over $30,000.

We are seeking additional funding from granting organizations, however we do not know if they will come through. Join us in helping us reopen this community asset. Anything you are able and willing to contribute would be an incredible blessing to our work.  

Please feel free to give securely at the link above under "Give Now" or send your check written to Shepherd of the City with "SH Basement" in the memo line to 1301 S. Anthony Blvd. Fort Wayne, IN 46803. For more details about this unexpected project and urgent need, please email Deaconess Kimberly Trombley, Executive Director of The Shepherd's Hand at

Please also keep us in prayer as we navigate this facility issue.


Who are we at The Shepherd's Hand?

The Shepherd's Hand began as a community outreach initiative of Shepherd of the City Lutheran Church. Through this ministry effort, we as a family of faith seek to meet the needs of our neighborhood through education, health and life wellness programs and events. Through acts of mercy we desire to care for the tangible needs of our community and point all who we serve to Christ and the divine service where we hear the Gospel and receive our Good Shepherd's gifts of grace. Please visit our website at or set up a time to stop by and see us!



OUR VISION: Motivated by the love of Christ, we serve our community by providing quality health, education, and life wellness services to adults and children in the East Central and Memorial Park neighborhoods of Fort Wayne.


In 2011, Shepherd of the City Lutheran Church purchased the former Elite Ballroom building located at 1231 S. Anthony Blvd. with the intention of developing a community outreach ministry to care for the needs of families in the neighborhood. Thanks to God's provision through a matching grant from The Lutheran Foundation, many generous individual donors, as well as funds from the Lutheran Church- Missouri Synod Office of National Mission and the Lutheran Women's Missionary League, the building renovation and update is reaching its completion. In 2017, Shepherd of the City called Deaconess Rachel Jaseph to be the first director of The Shepherd's Hand. During her years of service, The Shepherd's Hand developed community partnerships as well as program and events alongside the members and staff of Shepherd of the City. The Shepherd's Hand celebrated its Grand Opening on Sunday, October 21, 2018 and became a Recognized Service Organization (RSO) of The Lutheran Church- Missouri Synod in April 2021. The Board of Directors called Deaconess Kimberly Trombley to serve as the Executive Director of The Shepherd's Hand Community Outreach Center beginning in June 2021. The Christ-centered, community-building work continues under her leadership. Check out to get connected to this effort! Please contact Deaconess Kim at for more information about our upcoming events, volunteer opportunities, and ongoing education and health programs! 

Let's Make a Difference Together!

PRAY for us as we continue reaching out to more families and developing programs and events that would be of service to them. Pray about how you or your church may be able to support the ministry at The Shepherd's Hand.

PARTNER with us as a volunteer at our upcoming events! Contact us to learn about the volunteer application process.

GIVE a tax-deductible donation to help sustain our current programs and assist us in expanding our programs and ability to serve families and students. The Shepherd's Hand is a registered 501(c)(3) organization, so all donations are tax-deductible. 

You might also decide to give by donating diapers yourself or hosting a diaper drive at your church in support of our annual diaper giveaway events.

Checks for donations may be made out to "The Shepherd's Hand" and may be mailed to 1231 S. Anthony Blvd. Ft. Wayne, IN 46803. You may also give securely online here

SIGN UP for our e-newsletter to stay up to date on this developing ministry by contacting Deaconess Trombley at the address below.

To learn more about this ministry, please contact:

Deaconess Kimberly Trombley

Executive Director of The Shepherd's Hand Community Outreach Center